GIL JOINS MLS
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
GENERIC USER - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Not long after the Kansas City Wizards had acquired US starlet Luis Gil had they already started working to use him as a valuable trade asset.

Yesterday, the Wizards finalized a deal that will send Luis Gil to Real Salt Lake permanently, in exchange for an international roster spot, a 2011 2nd round SuperDraft pick, and 25 percent of any transfer fee, should a club outside of MLS purchase Gil's rights in the future.

Gil, who is still only 16, was widely believed to be joining Arsenal for the upcoming year, but has decided to stay in the states and make his professional debut in MLS. Because he signed after the MLS Draft - due to some haggling and negotiating between his camp and MLS offiicials - Gil was allocated via a weighted lottery.

It is understood that MLS had made some concessions to Gil and his family in order to keep him in the states, namely a promise to have Gil play for Real Salt Lake or the Seattle Sounders for his first season. Kansas City won the lottery and elected to turn Gil into future considerations, in accordance with prior agreements between the clubs, MLS, and the Gil family.

We'll keep a close eye on the talented young prospect as he'll likely be a constant source of transfer rumors.
Paco
Tuesday April 6, 2010 9:35 pm
The kid made the right choice, stop hating on him. More players I think need to stay in the MLS, as it IS where american players can develop. Yes there are the examples of Dempsey, Altidore, etc., but also look at guys like Stuart Holden and Omar Gonzalez, they're developing a lot quicker and better than their peers who traveled to Europe.
The Gerst
Friday March 19, 2010 12:34 pm
Really James? Ukraine, Bulgaria, or Ecuador? The US system isn't that terrible, the MLS has developed the likes of Dempsey, Bocanegra, Bradley, Donovan, etc.
Dustin Johnson
Monday March 8, 2010 1:05 am
James you are going to eat those words when a team comprised mostly of talent developed in the mls does better than half of those teams.
Scott
Thursday March 4, 2010 2:55 pm
Don't forget to consider playing time. Unless this kid is the 2nd coming of Pele (which I doubt), he likely won't see first team action for years. With MLS his odds of seeing playing time so early are increased substantially. And I would rather get consistant minutes in mls than sit on the reserves bench in england. Plus he is 16. He probably wants his high school diploma too. Leave the guy alone, I think he made a good choice.
joe4usa
Sunday February 28, 2010 11:53 am
I agree with Eric. Although at some pont I'd like to see US plays playing in European leagues for the competition, MLS ha delveloped the skills of of those Eric mentioned and many others. Adu was a 15 year old wonder kid that people have expected way too much much from him. He has the skills, he needs playing time to develope yet Hopefully he will. Don't use him as the gold standard of an MLS player. Remember he wasn't a standout at DC United!
Eric
Sunday February 28, 2010 12:49 am
So those three posts were some of the dumbest things I have ever read. The kid and his family made his own decision as to where he would be and develop. And what is this bs about him having to unlearn everything he learns in MLS. It's as if you forget that a majority of our best players, while now playing in Europe, all developed in MLS. How about Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, etc... None of you know what you are talking about. Not to mention that Freddy Adu is the dumbest example of any player you could have used. The kid was average in MLS and has been average in Europe. End of story, had nothing to do with MLS and its development of Adu and everything to do with his ability. He is still only 20 so he could still develop in to a really good player.
starspangledcannon
Thursday February 25, 2010 7:45 pm
bradley,

no we are not. we aren't churning out creative flair players other than adu and gil. we know what happened to adu, we unfortunately create players that play much like robots with no world class attacking pension. i completely agree with james in that he should have gone anywhere to continue his education. how sad that he ended up in the same place adu did.
Taylor
Wednesday February 24, 2010 9:57 pm
james, have some faith in the US system, we're doing alright
james
Wednesday February 24, 2010 3:57 pm
i'm not sure how much "snubbing" went on since he couldn't qualify for a work permit. that being said i would like to offer a list of places i would rather gil had gone: not just spain, germany, holland, belgium, italy, portugal, france, turkey, greece, switzerland, brazil, chile, argentina or mexico; but also, japan, s. korea, sweden, denmark, norway, austria, russia, ukraine, israel, croatia, serbia, ecuador, poland, bulgaria, czech republic or australia. how disappointing that he will have to un-learn everything he picks up in the next couple of years to become an actual footballer. hopefully he won't be as bad in that sense as freddy adu.
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